First look at Boss Laser LS-1630

New Laser machine arrived on Tuesday!!!  I’m jumping from joy as this is one serious pieces of equipment!  My 50W eBay laser looks like a tricycle comparing to this monster.  While it has same 60W tube (I’ve upgraded my eBay laser a while back), Boss Laser has much large cutting better and better overall build.  This is Generation 5 LS-1630, which from what I’m hearing was designed from ground up by Boss Laser company.  Comes with full one year US support too!

I decided not to call this video unboxing, but rather a first look, because I already un-crated it 🙂

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March 24th, 2017|In The Lab, Laser machine|0 Comments

Flip-dot displays at Maker Faire

Thanks everyone who showed interest in my Flip-Dot display exhibit (Flipster Clock) at 2016 NY Maker Faire!

I know I haven’t written anything about how I got these working yet.  It was simply because I haven’t finalized the project, but I now release that it might be beneficial to share some preliminary information. So in the […]

October 5th, 2016|In The Lab|2 Comments

Fun with Xronos Clock 3 Prototype

February 6th, 2016|diy, In The Lab|0 Comments

Introducing SquareMote

For over a year I’ve been working on a project called Mote2 (reads as SquareMote). I haven’t written anything about it until now, because perfectionist in me wanted to finalize it before introducing it to the world.

But year is a long time, so I finally decided to lift a curtain so to speak….

Main idea behind #Mote2 is an ultra-low-power battery powered remote sensor that has as much devices already on board as possible to make it easy to deploy as an independent sensor, but also have ability to expand its functionality with add-on “shields”.

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February 4th, 2016|In The Lab|0 Comments

100 Watt LED Test

When I realized how inexpensive powerful LED chips became I decided to look into building my own Super Duper LED Flashlight. But before I can do that, I wanted to see what it takes to drive a 100 Watt LED array.

So I got this LOHAS 100W LED Chip off Amazon for around $10, and a DROK […]

February 3rd, 2016|diy, In The Lab|0 Comments

Real Time Clock Chip upgrade/hack

My Xronos Clock has been using DS1307 time chip from very beginning. It’s an OK chip, and it’s biggest advantage is that it comes in DIP package to easy soldering which is great for DIY kit.

However it’s not the best and most accurate RTC chip.  It can loose or gain few seconds per day, which can turns into a minute or two in a month.  There’s a much better chip out there called DS3231. It’s super accurate and stable under wide temperature range and has built in Oscillator, while DS1307 needs a separate one soldered to the PCB.

It has only two drawbacks. Chip comes in only SMD (not thru the hole) packages and it costs a little more thatn DS1307.

I’ve been thinking how to replace DS1307 with DS3231 on existing clocks and found relatively simple solution. Solution is small adapter PCB which has DS3131 chip soldered to it and it plugs into space meant for DS1307 IC.

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December 29th, 2015|In The Lab|0 Comments

First prototype of my micro 32×16 LED Display board is alive!

Today I feel like I won the lottery. My first prototype of the 32×16 LED board is fully assembled and working!

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August 12th, 2015|diy, In The Lab|1 Comment

LED MiniBoard prototype

Recently I started working on a custom LED Matrix displays and I’m very excited that LED Matrices for new displays finally arrived last night!

I knew they will be small, but actually seeing them in front of my eyes still shocked me a little on how small they are!   You can almost fit 4 of these in place of regular 8×8 matrix block!

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July 29th, 2015|In The Lab|2 Comments